Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Football: Four to watch on Signing Day
By Blair Angulo
UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel's latest recruiting class isn't as highly regarded as his other two. The stars aren't there and neither are the numbers.
UCLA has only 11 commitments heading into Wednesday's National Signing Day, the first day high school recruits can sign their letters. Three of the 2011 class members have already enrolled. Rebuilding is always a tough chore, but it has been particularly tougher this year with the various coaching uncertainties and the lull associated with a disappointing 4-8 season.
With that in mind, here are four UCLA targets Neuheisel wouldn't mind adding. These prospects are expected to make their announcements public on Wednesday:
LB Tony Steward (St. Augustine, Fla./Menendez)
The big fish is still out there and only three hooks are in the water. Steward, the top-rated inside linebacker and No. 9 overall player in the 2011 class, will choose between Florida State, Clemson and UCLA. He is scheduled to make his announcement on ESPNU's National Signing Day Special, at around 7:05 a.m. PT. Many believe Steward will stay close to home, but recruiting insider Jamie Newberg claims it's still a three-team race.
DE Jalen Grimble (Las Vegas, Nev./Bishop Gorman)
The longtime USC pledge re-opened his recruitment and it's now a battle between Miami (Fla.) and UCLA for the four-star prospect. Grimble is the cousin of USC tight end Xavier Grimble.
DT Kevin McReynolds (Washington, D.C./St. John's)
The four-star prospect is down to four schools -- UCLA, Mississippi State, Syracuse and Kansas State -- but Westwood is an intriguing option because McReynolds could potentially crack the rotation early. He visited the three other schools after visiting UCLA, so the Bruins might be at a disadvantage there.
WR Devin Lucien (Northridge, Calif./Crespi)
The three-star receiver didn't pick up an offer until last October, right about the time when he was breaking out for Encino Crespi. Lucien had a monster senior season (17 touchdown receptions), seemingly gaining a scholarship offer every time he reached the end zone. He's considering UCLA, Colorado, Arizona State, Miami and Kentucky.